Ashura observed with blood streams to mark Karbala tragedy
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: 10th
Muharram-ol Haram and the darkest day of universal history known as
Ashura, marking the gruesome tragedy of Karbala in which the grandson
of Prophet Muhammad (p), Hussein bin Ali (p), along with his 72
faithful near and dear ones was slaughtered unjustly 1,400 years ago,
was commemorated in various parts of the globe on Saturday February 19
with religious reverence and solemnity.
Al-Imam Al-Hussein bin Ali bin Abi Talib
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Hundreds of thousands of mourners from across Iraq converged on Holy
Karbala to mark Ashura while at least 50 believers were martyred in at
least eight terror blasts on Saturday in different parts of Iraq
including Kazemiyah, which hosts the holy shrines of Al-Imam Al-Kazem
(p) and Al-Imam Muhammad Al-Jawwad (p).
Soon after Fajr prayers, Ashura ceremonies
kicked off with huge processions that flowed past the holy shrines of
Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) and his brother Al-Abbas (p). The mourners were
wailing, weeping, crying, shedding floods of tears, and pounding their
chests and heads with hands in deep grief.
Thousands of mourners slit open their heads with swords, big knives
and razor blades streaming their blood to signify their grief over the
martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) – the tragedy which caused the sky
to rain blood and the earth to bleed - and thus paid rich homage to
Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) who sacrificed everything in defending Islam
which is today under obligation to him.
Similar Ashura ceremonies were also held across the country including
Holy Najaf, Kazemiyah, Samara, Baghdad and Basra. In the capital, tens
of thousands of mourners marked the tragedy which is 1,400 years old.
But the biggest commemorations took
place in Karbala. Mourners had been gathering there all week, whipping
themselves with chains and cutting their heads with swords to recall
the suffering of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p), who was martyred in the
"We are expressing our love for Imam Hussein and we say to him: 'My
blood has little value compared to yours'" said Moezz Jaafar, a
35-year-old truck driver who had come to the holy city to take part in
Tight security was in force across Iraq on Saturday, with the
country's borders closed, and police and army units out in strength.
Some 2,000 Iraqi soldiers and police were deployed in Karbala. Police
said local residents and tribal members helped set up checkpoints.
Traffic has been banned around the city.
"Go, son, go and cut your head like your father did," one woman in the
crowd encouraged her small son.
25-year-old Ahmad Dakhel Jassem said: “This is a pleasure for us.
Before, this was forbidden.”
Under ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, commemorating Ashura was
severely punished, and the rituals had to be performed in private.
"We will never forget you, O Hussein," read banners carried by
Ashura A’maal were performed, central camps by different organizations
were set up throughout the routes of the processions to facilitate the
Husseini mourners. Sabil of water, sweat drinks and tea were also
arranged. Food from the table of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (p) was served.
In Syria, tens of thousands of mourners took to the streets of Sayyda
Zeinab (p) shrine, south of Damascus, in the early hours of Saturday,
Feb. 19, 2005 and cut the tops of their heads to show sadness over the
tragedy of Karbala.
According to reports, Ashura was observed on February 19 in several
countries including Iraq, United States, Canada, Bahrain, Kuwait,
United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon.
Here is a photographic report from some
Hundreds of thousands mark Tasu’aa Day, Ashoura Night in Karbala
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